Budgies to Extend Perfect Record vs Cucumber Growers

Espanyol drew 1-1 at Sevilla on the opening weekend of La Liga.

Espanyol drew 1-1 at Sevilla on the opening weekend of La Liga.

Espanyol completed the Spanish Primera Division double over Leganes last season and the Budgerigars are attractively priced at greater than even money to beat the Cucumber Growers for the third time in three career meetings.

Last term, Espanyol thrashed Leganes 3-0 at home in their Spanish Primera Division game played in November and the Budgerigars struck late in April’s top-flight rematch to edge out the Cucumber Growers 1-0. Espanyol was the Spanish Primera Division’s highest ranked team to miss out on a UEFA tournament spot, whereas Leganes were the league’s highest ranked team to avoid relegation.

And it is not as though Espanyol performed below market expectations in the opening round of the Spanish Primera Division. Actually, Espanyol did better than bookmakers predicted, holding Sevilla to a 1-1 away draw. Leganes collected three Spanish Primera Division points from an eminently winnable home game, defeating Alaves 1-0.

Quite how William Hill have come up with odds of +105  about a home victory for Espanyol over Leganes is somewhat surprising when the Budgerigars should be odds on across the board.

Another Spanish Primera Division side carrying over good head-to-head form into the new season is Atletico Madrid, which owned Las Palmas across not one but two competitions last term. Atletico beat Las Palmas in their first Spanish Primera Division clash of the campaign, posting a 1-0 home win in December. One month later and Atletico registered a 2-0 Spanish Copa del Rey away victory over Las Palmas and the Mattressers were heading for a 2-1 home success in the second leg of the tie before giving up two very late goals when they had switched off. In April, Atletico proved once and for all that it was superior to Las Palmas, racing to a 3-0 road lead inside 18 minutes and making it 5-0 after the Yellows had Kevin-Prince Boateng sent off after half time.

Atletico Madrid, which was unable to field its strongest possible line-up in its Spanish Primera Division curtain raiser at Girona last weekend, overcame the contentious dismissal of Antoine Griezmann when it was trailing 0-2 – he was cautioned for diving and then shown a straight red card for dissent – to earn a 2-2 away draw in Catalonia. Las Palmas, however, could not make light of its disciplinary problems at Valencia, falling 0-1 behind before Alen Halilovic was ordered to vacate the pitch.

Many bookmakers, including BetStars and William Hill, are offering odds of -125  about Atletico Madrid improving its excellent recent record against Las Palmas by earning three Spanish Primera Division points on Saturday.

Girona acquitted itself very well versus Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Primera Division’s first round and one rates it as the third best bet of the second round at odds of +131  with Marathonbet to post a home success over Malaga.

While Girona was going to close to shocking Atletico Madrid, Malaga was dropping three Spanish Primera Division points at home to Eibar, a result that was a fair reflection of the balance of play. Bookmakers are affording too much respect to Malaga and Girona, with its tail up after acquitting itself so honourably against Atletico, is a value wager to make the most of playing back-to-back Spanish Primera Division home games. Girona hosts Malaga on Saturday.

Tips Summary

Espanyol to beat Leganes
Sunday 27th August, 17:15 GMT
Odds: +105

Atletico Madrid to beat Las Palmas
Saturday 26th August, 21:15 GMT
Odds:  -125

Girona to beat Malaga
Saturday 26th August, 19:15 GMT
Odds:  +131